Applications are now open for VC Unlocked: Deal Camp at Berkeley!
Deal Camp is our four-day program for investors who want to hone their ability to define, negotiate, and execute early-stage investments. This is the third time we’ve run Deal Camp with UC Berkeley, one of the top universities in the world, and we’re really excited about the upcoming program. Go Bears!
Participants will work with leading UC Berkeley faculty and 500 Startups partners to develop strategies to structure deals in order to maximize investment returns. At the end of the week, participants will walk away with a Certificate from UC Berkeley Law, an expanded global network, the confidence and practical know-how to make better investments…and some #500Strong swag!
The program is scheduled to take place from Monday, October 23rd to Thursday, October 26th.
A reminder that space is limited so sign up today to secure your spot.
Our instructors use a project-based learning approach which takes participants outside the classroom to take part in a negotiation simulation with real companies fresh from a pitch at 500 Startups Preview Day.
Course topics include: “Scaling your Portfolio,” “The Art of Valuation,” and “Team Sheet Olympics.”
We’ve recruited amazing lecturers from the 500 staff, including Christine Tsai, Bedy Yang, and Amit Bhatti, as well as Adam Sterling, Robert Bartlett, and Steven Davidoff Solomon of UC Berkeley. We also have a great lineup of top VCs who will join the class for special sessions.
For attorneys interested in attending the program, up to 16 hours MCLE credit is being offered by Berkeley Law. The grant of MCLE credit is within the purview of the states, and they will provide a certificate of attendance and other materials to use in seeking continuing education credits. Berkeley Law certifies that this activity has been approved for 16 hours MCLE credit by the State Bar of California.
Deal Camp is one of our most popular courses, with NPS scores as high as 100. Participants come from angel investing, VC, legal, and government backgrounds. Here’s what a few past participants had to say:
“Whether you’re considering starting a fund or have already done so, VC Unlocked is a tremendous help. From fine-tuning an investment thesis to validating cap tables and negotiating term sheets, there really is something for everyone. The team put together a powerhouse lineup of speakers including the 500 executives themselves, some of the other most prominent VC firms in the valley, and great faculty representation from UC Berkeley. I’d recommend VC Unlocked to anyone remotely serious about venture capital.”
– Ben Brasher, Blacktop VC
“The VC Unlocked was essential for me as a tech lawyer. I gained insider tips on the dynamics of the top VC and industry leaders in Silicon Valley. The program provides a comprehensive overview of the venture capital investment cycle, talks on the latest practices and trends in the startup world, and workshops on structuring legal documents such as term sheets and convertible notes.”
– Tatiana Nehme, Nehme and Associates
Details & Logistics
The intensive four-day program of lectures and workshops takes place on the UC Berkeley Campus. Participants will also be invited to attend the 500 Startups Preview Day in San Francisco.
The program fee is $9,200 and covers tuition, all course materials, most meals, and admission and transport to DemoDay. Travel and accommodations are not included. There is a discounted rate available for VC Unlocked and UC Berkeley alumni.
We accept qualified candidates on a rolling basis and space is limited, so we encourage you to apply early.
Who Should Apply
Angel investors, VCs, fund managers and attorneys looking to improve their ability to define, negotiate, and execute early stage investments.
Learn more about previous programs from some of our recent posts:
Space is running out so apply today